Panel to Discuss Emerging Applications

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Panel to Discuss Emerging Applications As the space industry becomes more international and more diversified, it reaches into more segments of the economy and has more impact on the overall information infrastructure and financial climate. A high-level panel of space leaders and economic experts will address this natural outcome of an evolving business sector at the 26th National Space Symposium this April 12-15 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Emerging Applications Across the Space-Based Value Chain panel is being presented in association with EuroConsult, an independent investment banking firm specializing in mergers, acquisitions, company sales, and corporate divestitures involving global multinational corporations, prominent mid-sized companies, and leading private equity firms. The relationship between the Space Foundation and EuroConsult underscores the increasingly international nature of the National Space Symposium.

Led by Steve Bochinger, director of Institutional Affairs for EuroConsult and managing director for EuroConsult North America, the panel will feature five senior members of leading international corporations:

  • John Celli, president and chief operating officer, Space Systems/Loral
  • Brian Holz, executive vice president and chief technology officer, O3B Networks USA, LLC
  • John K. Hornsby, Ph.D., general manager, MDA Geospatial Services
  • Dara A. Panahy, partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Colin Paynter, head of Business Growth, Astrium Satellites

About Bochinger
As director of institutional affairs for EuroConsult and managing director of Euroconsult North America, Steve Bochingerconsults with public institutions, military agencies, space agencies, industry companies, and satellite operators in the space and satellite communication markets. In addition, he participates in EuroConsult’s multi-client market surveys, and manages the World Prospects for Government Space Markets report, a reference survey on government, civil, and military space programs.

About Celli and Space Systems/Loral
Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) designs and builds satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers engaged direct-to-home television, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, and digital multimedia broadcasting. John Celli, who serves as president of SS/L, has more than 30 years of industry experience and has previously served with the company as chief operating officer, executive vice president, and senior vice president of engineering, manufacturing, and test operations. Before joining SS/L, Celli held design and management positions for space products and ground systems at Alenia S.P.A. (Rome, Italy), while supporting academic developments of the engineering faculty at the University of Rome.

About Holz and O3B Networks USA, LLC
Based in Englewood, Colo., O3b Networks USA, LLC, is the U.S. subsidiary of O3b Networks, which has its headquarters in St. John, Jersey, Channel Islands. The company is developing a new global high-speed satellite Internet backbone network for telecommunications operators and Internet service providers as part of its commitment to connect the networks of developed countries with the “other three billion” people who have limited Internet access, hence the name O3b. With investment and operational support from some of the world’s largest communications and finance companies, the O3b network will serve a population of several billion consumers and businesses in more than 150 countries. As executive vice president and chief technology officer, Brian Holz is responsible for overall network implementation and system integration. Previously, he held engineering and management positions at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Fairchild Space and Orbital Sciences.

About Hornsby and MDA Geospatial Services
A leading Earth observation satellite information company, Canada-based MDA Geospatial Services serves more than 600 clients in more than 60 countries with radar and optical satellite data, information products, and services, including mapping for shipping routes, environmental monitoring, three-dimensional terrain modeling, and urban land classification for green space, commercial and residential zones; marine oil reserve exploration; and natural resource, and terrestrial and maritime security monitoring and management. MDA services were used to monitor Haiti earthquake damage and recovery. With more than 23 years in the remote sensing industry, Dr. John Hornsby has been with MDA since 1991, holding the position of president since 2003. His experience includes research and development, consulting, project management, and business management and development. His doctorate is in geology and remote sensing.

About Panahy and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is a leading international law firm that provides legal services to commercial, financial, and industrial enterprises, institutions, individuals, and governments. In practice for more than 140 years, Milbank has its headquarters in New York and has offices in Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. A partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office and a member of the Transportation and Space Finance Group, Dara Panahy represents clients in the aerospace, communications, and banking industries involved in space and communications ventures. He counsels clients on regulatory matters, including: satellite, wireless and wireline communications systems licensing; compliance with economic sanctions, national security, and export control laws and regulations; risk management; and legislative and policy monitoring. Admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia, Panahy serves as a visiting lecturer at the International Space University, and has been recognized as a leading lawyer in telecom, broadcast, and satellite financing in Chambers USA and The Legal 500.

About Paynter and Astrium Satellites
Colin Paynter is chief executive officer of Astrium Limited in the United Kingdom and head of business growth for Astrium Satellites. A wholly owned subsidiary of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), Astrium is Europe’s leading space company and a world leader in the design and manufacture of satellite systems, payloads, ground infrastructure, and space equipment for civil and military applications. Prime contractor for more than 70 communications satellites, EADS Astrium offers Earth observation and meteorological systems, platforms, optical and radar instruments, ground segment equipment, and remote-sensing data services and products. Paynter is responsible for mergers and acquisitions, business development, and sales and marketing. He has worked in both civil and military fields and, since heading Astrium in the U.K., has worked closely with the Ministry of Defence, and other U.K. government departments to increase government and parliamentary awareness of the U.K. space industry.

About the 26th National Space Symposium
The 26th National Space Symposium’s top allure to attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers is as a venue for networking and conducting meaningful business. This year’s program offers workshops, forums, panels, and presentations covering all aspects of space, including the sold-out Cyber 1.0, targeted programs for young, up-and-coming “new generation” space professionals, and engaging programs for selected teachers and students. Plus, the extensive AMERICOM Government Services (AGS) Exhibit Center features the latest in space technology.

Online registration and more information, including agenda, speakers, and exhibitors, are available at


This article is part of Space Watch: April 2010 (Volume: 9, Issue: 4).